As part of regular dental checkups, our dental staff performs a standard dental cleaning, also referred to as a prophy, to eliminate plaque and tartar from difficult-to-reach regions in your mouth. A traditional dental prophy is enough for most patients to remove the build up of dental calculus in the mouth. However, patients with periodontal disease require more than a regular dental cleaning. Natalie K. Provenzano DDS, Inc. in San Jose, California, offers deep dental cleaning to remove accumulated tartar in the pockets between your teeth and gums and treat gum disease, saving you from surgical interventions.
Subgingival cleaning comprises two procedures: scaling and root planing. During scaling, the dentist uses a scaler to remove plaque and tartar on your teeth’ surface and below the gum line. Sometimes, your dentist can use an ultrasound scaler with a vibrating metal tip to dislodge stubborn tartar. Root planing is more of a rubbing motion to smooth out your tooth roots to prevent further bacterial growth and encourage your teeth to reattach to the gums.
The procedure involves at least two dental appointments. The step-by-step procedures involve:
Good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, mouthwash, and regular dental cleanings, can reverse mild gingivitis. However, mild to moderate gum disease needs further intervention.
If you need deep teeth cleaning in San Jose, CA, please call (408) 226-2542 to book an appointment with Natalie K. Provenzano DDS, Inc. for quality care.
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